School violence is a major problem around the world. The effects of school violence can lead to division and severe mental and physical trauma for both perpetrators and victims alike. The main cause of school violence is a combination of weak community relations and a lack of a firm hand within both schools and communities. To effectively deal with the issue, both of these need addressing.
The beginnings of school violence often stem from differences between teenagers. Children are natural herd creatures and will gravitate towards people who are similar in looks, mentality, and those who have the same interests. Other groups are seen as enemies, and this is where conflict begins.
A lack of education is one of the main causes of school violence. If young people aren’t taught from an early age about the consequences and wrongs of violence there’s a high chance they’ll indulge in it later. Education must occur in the home, alongside parents, and in the classroom.
Furthermore, when violence does happen, a lack of will to punish the perpetrators encourages them to participate in it again later. Teachers and law enforcement officers must stamp down on violence. It’s simple mentality. A punishment says mentally and physically violence is wrong. Allowing them to get away with it says to them they haven’t done anything wrong. This is a trend we have seen replicated in UK prisons and the high reoffending rates.
Weak community relations start school violence. Inter-racial schools where students come from different backgrounds sow the seeds of conflict. Many students haven’t come into contact with people from these backgrounds before, and this creates suspicion and wariness. It’s highly unlikely violence will occur if they have been in contact with people from these backgrounds before.
Divisive communities are more likely to suffer from violence than harmonious ones. It’s why schools in East London and international cities like Los Angeles have a reputation for violence in schools and between schools. Too often, schools act on violence within schools, but they fail to work with other schools and community representatives to tackle the problem between academic facilities.
Parental guidance in the home has a large effect on school violence. If a student’s parents are violent or prejudiced, they are likely to develop the same aggressive characteristics. Even if there’s only one person like this in a school, it can still lead to violence in the classroom.
Overall, it’s not so much the risk factors of violence which become the problem. It’s the lack of will to act on it when it does happen. It’s impossible to stamp out all types of violence. Children make mistakes and it will happen. To stop it happening again, schools and community officers must act.
Essay on We Must Reduce School Violence
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The focus of American schools these days have so changed from the “basics” of teaching children to read, write and do arithmetic. Instead of just being an academic institution that is entrusted with teaching our children skills that would enable then to be intelligent contributing members of society, the schools are now looked at as “extensions of the community”. Therefore, according to John Dewey, “ schools should share social burdens and be responsible for equipping children with skills necessary to survive and succeed in the community.” Schools have indeed had to modify their roles from teaching content academics to helping all students adjust to changing “radical situations” such as juvenile violence.
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I don’t believe that it is the sole responsibility of the schools to provide intervention and strategies for preventing violence in adolescents. However, since six to seven hours of every child’s life between the ages of five and eighteen are spent at school, schools must provide for and maintain expectations of safety. As a parent, I want to know that when my child goes to school each day they are being protected and educated to avoid conflict and violence.
One the other hand, I feel that schools must be very careful in their planning and implementation of conflict resolution and violence prevention programs. Research shows that only 1 percent of children in schools are potentially violent. Also, research shows that the amount of violence in the schools has not changed that much in the last twenty years. Just because children tend to make more “verbal threats” to each other does not mean that a violent action will follow. Therefore, the programming designed to teach children to resolve conflicts before violence is important. Too much media hype exists that schools are dangerous places filled with crime and violence and if schools focus too much of their attention where it is not justified then they could potentially create problems that really do not exist.
Solving the issue of violence in the schools is a responsibility that many share. The structure of families and the morals they